Falls teacher’s aide charged with sexually assaulting student commits suicide after meeting with boy again, police say

Falls teacher’s aide charged with sexually assaulting student commits suicide after meeting with boy again, police say

By Christopher Dornblaser

A teacher’s aide police said sexually assaulted a student in Falls killed herself over the weekend while meeting with the teen police said she victimized.

Falls police said Jennilynne Derolf, 38, had contacted the victim, 14, to meet with him Sunday afternoon.

The department said the victim’s family called police when they discovered Derolf had contacted the victim to meet with him.

Officers then arrived in the area of Bristol Pike and Wheatsheaf Lane about 4:15 p.m. When police arrived, Derolf killed herself with a firearm.

The victim was not injured.

Falls police charged Derolf, a teacher’s aide at Valley Day School, with sexually assaulting the boy in July.

Derolf had been free on bail for almost a month before the incident Sunday. Court documents state Derolf, who was charged in mid-July, posted 10% of $100,000 bail on July 23.

She was expected to appear at her preliminary hearing in October.

Derolf, of Bristol Township, was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 16, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with minors, aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault or corruption of minors.

Falls police said investigators were notified of the abuse when the victim’s relative reported last month that the boy was having a romantic relationship with Derolf.

The victim told detectives that Derolf would message the teen using a messaging app called Discord, charging documents state. The two would often meet at Falls Township Park, according to police.

Derolf sexually assaulted the teen three times that month, police allege. The incidents happened twice in her vehicle while at Levittown Lake in Tullytown, and a third time at an unknown location believed to be near a baseball field in Bristol Township, according to charging documents.

Valley Day School, which is based in Falls, is a private school that aims to educate students with histories of acute learning, adjustment, behavioral or emotional needs in less restrictive school settings, according to the school’s website.

Executive Director Robert Phillips said shortly after Derolf’s arrest that she was immediately suspended and not allowed to enter the building or have contact with students once the school found out about the allegations.

Police said Monday that the Sunday incident remained under investigation. Additional was not available by Monday afternoon.

Courier Times

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